our mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.

our history

1982

Dr. Kent Hutcheson, Founder

Dr. Kent Hutcheson founded Colorado UpLift in 1982 as a summer jobs program for urban, underserved youth. Dr. Hutcheson’s passion was to help urban young people find hope in hopeless circumstances.

1987

Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift quickly changed its strategy in 1987 to teach character qualities and life skills needed for long-term success. UpLift staff members began providing leadership and character instruction in the public school system for students from 4th grade through college. Along with the In-School Program, Colorado UpLift regularly mentored students after school and throughout the summer, improving the odds for urban youth to emerge as successful, productive young adults.

1994

Guild

The Colorado UpLift Guild was launched in 1994 and has been instrumental in providing a myriad of services including purchasing vans, creating a homework club, and running arts & crafts for youth. They have also provided Christmas bonuses for staff, the Holiday Store, an annual fashion show, theme parties, and other activities.

2000

Advanced Leadership

Advanced Leadership provides UpLift high school students with a unique opportunity to develop and cultivate leadership skills. In 2002, Advanced Leadership students learned to give back by joining board members, UpLift staff, and others in building homes for needy families in Tijuana, Mexico.

2007

Adventure

In 2007, UpLift launched its Adventure program. The program introduced urban youth to skiing & snowboarding, rafting, backpacking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

2008

Post-Secondary

Having roots in the earlier Independent Living, Life Options, and College Lift programs, the Post-Secondary Program continues with UpLift graduates into college and career development. UpLift awards over $80,000 each year to students through donor-provided scholarships.

2014

Elevate USA Formed

After seeing the success of the UpLift model, Colorado UpLift launched the Model Replication Program, aimed at helping new cities launch. In 2014, Elevate USA was formed by Colorado UpLift advocates, allowing Colorado UpLift to focus on the city of Denver and release Elevate USA to replicate the Colorado UpLift program in cities throughout the US.

our history

1982

Dr. Kent Hutcheson, Founder

Dr. Kent Hutcheson founded Colorado UpLift in 1982 as a summer jobs program for urban, at-risk youth. Dr. Hutcheson’s passion was to help urban young people find hope in hopeless circumstances.

1987

Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift quickly changed its strategy in 1987 to teach character qualities and life skills needed for long-term success. UpLift staff members began providing leadership and character instruction in the Public School system for students from 4th grade through college. Along with the in-school program, Colorado UpLift regularly mentored students after school and throughout the summer, improving the odds for urban youth to emerge as successful, productive young adults.

1994

Guild

The Colorado UpLift Guild was launched in 1994 and has been instrumental in providing a myriad of services including the purchase of vans, homework club and arts & crafts for youth. They have also provided Christmas bonuses for staff, the Holiday Store, organized an annual fashion show, theme parties, and other activities.

2000

Advanced Leadership

Advanced Leadership provides UpLift high school students with a unique opportunity that develops and cultivates young leaders. In 2002, Advanced Leadership students learned to give back by joining board member, UpLift staff and other in building homes for needy families in Tijuana, Mexico.

2007

Adventure

In 2007 UpLift launched its Adventure program. The program introduced urban youth to snow skiing & boarding, rafting, backpacking, camping & other outdoor activities.

2008

Post-Secondary

Having roots in the earlier Independent Living, Life Options and College Lift programs, the Post-Secondary Program continues with UpLift graduates into college and career development. UpLift awards over $80,000 each year to students through donor provided scholarships.

2014

Elevate USA Formed

After seeing the success of the UpLift model, Colorado UpLift launched the Model Replication Program, aimed at helping new cities launch. In 2014, Elevate USA was formed by Colorado UpLift advocates, allowing Colorado UpLift to focus on the city of Denver and release Elevate USA to replicate the Colorado UpLift program in cities throughout the US.

help us reach more students

our

seven

core

beliefs

  1. We believe that EVERY CHILD is of great worth and has the desire and potential to succeed.
  2. We believe that LONG-TERM, 24/7 RELATIONSHIPS with caring adults have proven positive outcomes in the lives of our urban youth.
  3. We believe that a HOLISTIC approach is essential for a strong and healthy future for our youth.
  4. We believe that FULL-TIME, SALARIED TEACHER-MENTORS WHO COME FROM SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS as the students can have a positive influence and make all the difference.
  5. We believe that the SERVANT LEADERSHIP, creating a culture of selflessness and service, is the foundation of great leadership.
  6. We believe in the intrinsic DIGNITY of every person and act accordingly.
  7. We believe that COLLABORATION yields the best long-term results, acknowledging that the complex work in our urban centers cannot be done single-handedly.

administration

Brian Stamer
Chief Operating Officer
Dana Naudain
Specialist, Data & Research
Chief Executive Officer
Jackie Jackson
Human Resources Director
Liliana Castillo
Executive Assistant, Operations
Nicole Peters
Development Director
Sarah Jones
Manager, Transformative Initiatives
Lindsay Easter
Communications Coordinator

program staff

Abraham Urbina
Manager, Adventure
Adrian Dalstra
Site Operation Manager – Southeast
Adrian Lucero
Program Director
Cory Wilson
Site Operation Manager – East
David Ubaldo
Site Operation Manager – South
Inez Robinson
Director, Community Partnership Engagement
Lemule Pulley
Site Operation Manager – Aurora
Matthew (Mateo) Salinas
Site Operation Manager – West
Mike Riley
Senior Ambassador & Director of Alumni Engagement
Ross Curington
Advanced Leadership Manager
Sirena Rodriguez
Manager, Post Secondary
Tanya Martinez
Site Operation Manager – North
Victor Nellum
Director, Parent/Family Engagement

Teacher/Mentors

Adriana Romero
Ben Klinge
Bernadette Torrez
Cameron Thompson
Dominique Bargaineer 
Eric Swank
Frank Trujillo
Jacob Valdez
Jeri Romero
Joi Dandridge
Josh Mendoza
Lily Urbina
Marc Saenz
Maria Carr
Mario Rubio
Robert Sanchez
Vanessa Maddux
Yazmin Atmore
Yessica Herrera Barraza

advisory board

advisory board

Nick Lazzara, Chair
president
urban phenix
Taylor Davison, Vice Chair
senior client advisor
crestone capital llc
Kelly Bennett
Co-Founder
Ponderosa Advisors
Bret Berglund
Director
Chinook Seedery
Jackie Devine
Director of Community Outreach
Alpine Bank
Catherine Eklund
VP, Strategic Partners
HigherOne, Inc.
Peter Eklund
Principal
Slipstream Properties
Spencer Mahoney
Insurance Advisor
CCIG
Brooks Gagstetter
Operations Engineer
Whiting Petroleum
Skyler Gary
Landman
Hat Creek Energy LLC
Aaron Hafliger
Associate Director
Savills Studley
Chris Hollern
Consultant, Corporate Finance & Restructuring
FTI Consulting
Nicole Jarman
Director of Operations
Motiv Sports
Ryan McGee
General Counsel
Triangle Petroleum
Brad Morse
President
Fulcrum Energy Capital Funds
Kelsey Morse
Private Investigator
Morse Investigations, LLC
Cody Phifer
Owner
Seamless Energy LLC
Kyle Ramstetter
Director, Development
McWhinney
Martin Walsh
Brown & Co/span>
Bow Winder
Director, Finance
IHSData
Eric Yakes
Consultant, Corporate Finance & Restructuring
FTI Consulting

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